Wood: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers

01. Can I install hardwood in a basement?

Hardwood floors are not recommended for installation in a basement, due to the high levels of moisture that occur in a below grade installation.
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02. Can I install hardwood in a kitchen?

Solid (and Engineered) hardwood are very popular kitchen flooring choices today, especially with open floor plan construction. Special consideration steps should be taken to protect the floor in a kitchen installation:

  • Add floor mats in wet areas in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Clean up food and liquid spills quickly with a dry clean cloth to avoid staining and/or potentially damaging the wood grain.

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03. Can I install solid hardwood in a bathroom?

Solid hardwood is not recommended for bathrooms as high moisture conditions can damage the hardwood.
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04. Why should I consider solid hardwood flooring?

Hardwood offers an almost infinite array of styles with warmth and beauty that has stood the test of time. It is easy to clean, more sanitary than carpet and is incredibly durable.
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05. I’m installing ¾” solid hardwood, how much expansion gap should I leave?

Solid ¾” hardwood has more expansion and contraction with seasonal changes, so leave at least a ¾” expansion gap around the perimeter of the room.
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06. Can engineered hardwood flooring be refinished?

Absolutely! The thicker the veneer, the more opportunity you have to refinish the floor at a later date if it becomes worn. Generally a 2 mil thick or greater veneer can be refinished to bring the floor back to its original pristine condition.
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07. Can bamboo flooring be refinished?

Yes, bamboo can be refinished by a professional refinisher. As bamboo is technically a grass rather a hardwood, refinishing should be left to the professionals (preferably certified by the National Wood Flooring Association).
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08. What is the best age to cultivate bamboo best suitable for flooring?

The best age to cultivate bamboo for flooring is 5-7 years which is at its optimum hardness and workability for flooring. Our bamboo flooring falls within the optimum range. Be careful of bamboo flooring on the market that is younger or older. The younger the bamboo the softer it is and older than the optimal age the more brittle it becomes.
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09. Can I install bamboo floors in a bathroom?

Bamboo reacts similar to hardwood in regards to moisture; installing the bathroom is not recommended nor covered under warranty.
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10. Does harvesting bamboo hurt the pandas?

The species of bamboo used to make flooring is “Moso”. Moso bamboo is not consumed by pandas.
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11. Can floating cork floors be glued down if desired?

Absolutely! Be sure to use a cork flooring adhesive.
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12. Is cork flooring a new flooring option?

No, cork has been used in flooring for well over 150 years. Cork flooring was first used popularly in the United States at the end of the 19th century. By the early 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright was incorporating cork flooring in some of the public buildings he designed. Many of these buildings still feature these original cork floors. Other famous buildings where cork flooring was used are the First Congressional Church in Chicago, the old Toronto Stock Exchange, the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, the FAO Schwartz toy stores in Las Vegas and New York, and the Mayo Clinic (whose cork floors are over 80 years old!)
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13. Is cork flooring a good option for pets?

While no natural wood floor is entirely scratch-resistant, cork flooring is more adaptable to claws marks caused by dogs and cats than many other natural wood flooring options. This is due to the general resilient nature of cork flooring, which is naturally impact resistant.
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14. Can cork flooring be installed in a bathroom?

Cork flooring should not be installed in humid areas, such as bathrooms, saunas, and laundry rooms.
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